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Tough competition in Cook County Board races

By Rick Romano Cook County Board primary elections bring challenges to Democratic incumbents in the 1st and 2nd Districts, while Democratic primaries feature candidates with-out an incumbent in the 3rd and 7th Districts. The 11th District presents two Republican candidates and an unopposed Democratic incumbent. 1st District (D) Incumbent Richard Boykin, an attorney with a […]

Congressional races in 3rd, 4th, and 7th Districts are hotly contested

By Peter Winslow In three of the four Congressional districts in this community, voters will choose among candidates in the March 20 primary to see who represents them in Washington, DC for the next two years. 1st District (D) Incumbent Congressman Bobby Rush is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rush first was elected in 1992 […]

Chicago Public Education Fund honors three local CPS principals

By Lisa R. Jenkins The City’s Principal Appreciation Campaign honored three local Chicago Public School principals through the Chicago Public Education Fund (CPEF, also known as “the Fund.”). Thanks to CPEF, all three will participate in prestigious development programs this school year. Konstantinos Patsiopoulos of the Charles N. Holden Elementary School in Bridgeport earned a […]

Cleanslate, social enterprise of Cara, expands into the 27th Ward

By Eva Hofmann At a recent community kickoff event, Alderman Walter Burnett introduced the Cleanslate program’s expansion into the 27th Ward. Cleanslate, which provides jobs in neighborhood beautification, is part of Cara, a non-profit agency dedicated to strengthening communities while helping people break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. “Cleanslate’s support will provide a much […]

Shrine honors two local World War II armed forces veterans

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii recently honored two men from the community for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Corporal Philip J. Bartolotta, 96, served in the Army Air Force as a military police officer. During his service in World War II he was stationed in Italy, England, […]

Haymarket Center honors three

Haymarket Center bestowed awards on three people who have enhanced the center’s ability to provide community support at its recent Father Mac Appreciation Awards luncheon. The luncheon is named for the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott, founder of Haymarket Center. Karen Reid, a trustee at Rush University Medical Center, won Haymarket’s first Visionary Award. Reid’s work […]

Parishes to host St. Joseph’s Tables

Several area parishes will host St. Joseph’s Tables during March. Notre Dame de Chicago, 1336 W. Flournoy St., will offer a breakfast/brunch St. Joseph’s Table Sunday, March 18, in the parish hall after the 8:30 and 10 a.m. and noon Masses. Call (312) 243-7400 or log on to Santa Lucia/Santa Maria Incoronata Parish, 3022 […]

Local students are winners at CZS science fair

Nearly 200 students from 24 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) showcased their engineering and science projects as a part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s (CZS) annual science fair sponsored by BP America. The fair provides an authentic setting where students can practice skills such as discussing the scientific process, defending chosen methodologies, and evaluating results. Students […]


The CivicLab is offering a series of civic workshops  starting with “Chicago 101” on Wednesday March 7. It will then do “Community Organizing 101,” and follow with “Grassroots Campaigning 101.” Chicago 101 is on March 7 at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson St., and will answer the question, “How did Chicago politics get so toxic?”  CivicLab will unveil a new […]

Area public high schools face cycle of declining enrollment and funding

By Igor Studenkov. Byron Sigcho, director of the Pil-sen Alliance, told Gazette Chicago that public high schools in his community and other local neighborhoods are stuck in a cycle of declining enrollment. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) allocate funding based on how many students attend each school. Many State and Federal grants work the same […]

Hall of Fame will honor Chicago’s impact on music

By Madeline Makoul From underground rock bands to jazz and blues, Chicago has been a musical hub for decades. To commemorate musicians influenced by the Windy City, Ron Onesti, president of the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, will create a Chicago Music Hall of Fame. Onesti counts 35 years on the Chicago music scene and […]

Eliminating rent control ban to be on ballot in some wards

By Patrick Butler Thanks to help from determined community groups across the city, a proposal to eliminate a State law banning rent control in Chicago will appear on the March 20 ballot in ten wards, said Pilsen Alliance Director Byron Sigcho. Local wards whose ballots will feature the proposal are the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 12th, […]